ANAHEIM - The Anaheim Ducks undoubtedly can't wait until the start of their regular season in four days, especially after their preseason finished on a rather satisfying note.
Corey Perry's highlight-reel goal 1:13 into the 3-on-3 overtime session gave the Ducks a triumphant 3-2 victory over the Sharks at Honda Center in the preseason finale. The win finished a nice upsurge for the Ducks after a 0-4-1 start to the preseason, as they finished with two straight wins over their California rivals, including a 2-0 decision last Wednesday in San Jose.
Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg had his first two goals of the preseason tonight to wipe out a 2-0 deficit and send the game to OT, and Perry ended it with a nifty move on defenseman David Schlemko before unleashing a wicked wrister from the slot.
Video: SJS@ANA: Perry turns around for crafty OT winner
Not long before that, Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier made a game-saving stop on a breakaway by Tomas Hertl after a Ryan Getzlaf turnover.
"Tonight, we came out of the gate a little slow, but good teams find ways to win," Bernier said. "It took more than 60 minutes, but we found a way. Even though we gave up good scoring chances, I felt we played the right way. My defense was in the right spots for me to make the right reads."
In a physical, antagonistic affair between the California rivals, the Ducks suited up almost all of the regulars expected to be on their opening night roster, though they did scratch goalie John Gibson and started Bernier (30 saves). The Sharks, on the other hand, held out a number of their notables, including Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns.
"It wasn't one of our prettiest wins, but at the end of the day we found a way to win the game," Silfverberg said. "That's what it's all about. There are some areas we need to work on and improve on, and the power play is one of them. We were trying to be too cute tonight. We didn't shoot the puck or work hard enough for second opportunities."
Just short of the halfway mark of the first period, San Jose scored the game's first goal when Joonas Donskoi made a nifty move to tap the puck to himself between his own legs, then punched in his own rebound after a nice Bernier toe save.
It was a night that featured plenty of scraps, one of which resulted in game misconducts near the end of the first for Anaheim's Ryan Kesler and San Jose's Dan Kelly.
San Jose made it 2-0 with nine minutes left in the second on a two-man advantage, as Schlemko buried a one-timer from the slot.
Anaheim sliced the lead in half with 1:50 left in the period when Silfverberg scooped up an Antoine Vermette faceoff win and whipped a shot past goalie Aaron Dell.
The Ducks tied it on Silfverberg's second of the night, as he stripped the puck from Schlemko, then skated down the right wing all alone before beating Dell with a shot glove side with 9:42 left in regulation.
"The way we responded in the second half of the game was excellent," said Ducks assistant coach Paul MacLean. "We scored two goals five-on-five and took the game to overtime. To win it the way we did was very good. We got a little distracted at the start of the game, but got our feet back under us in the second half of the game."
Anaheim kicks off the regular season Thursday in Dallas, the start of a five-game road trip before the home opener on October 23 vs. Vancouver at Honda Center.
Video: SJS@ANA: Silfverberg nets his second goal to tie game